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Andrew Shepherd
Launceston, Australia
Full time happy person.
Interests: travel, movies, reading, photography, mountain biking, social media, bush walking
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Atrani to Launceston Wednesday 24th October to Friday 26th October, 2018 Leaving Atrani we caught the bus in neighbouring Amalfi which took us to Salerno. From here a train to Rome via Naples. Then the Leonardo Express to the airport... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Atrani Sunday 21st October to Wednesday 24th October, 2018 Our final stop is the small village of Atrani on the Amalfi Coast. Not the best weather here however we did explore the towns of Amalfi and the hillside village of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Sorrento Thursday 18th October to Saturday 20th October, 2018 Today would be our last morning on Koningsdam. We disembarked in Civitaveccia and would send the day travelling to Sorrento. Michael, Arbay, Tony and myself boarded a train to Rome where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Livorno, Italy Wednesday 17th October, 2018 This is last port of call on our 20 day cruise. The purpose of Koningsdam stopping in Livorno were for passengers wishing to take day trips to either Florence or Pisa. We hadn’t taken... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Marseille, France Monday 15th October 2018 After a rough night at sea, Koningsdam berth edin the port of Marseille around 8am. The day is overcast so the opportunity for spectacular photos is rather slim. The photos here tested my Lightroom... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Barcelona, Spain Sunday 14th October 2018 A day at sea before arriving in Barcelona. We caught the Hop On Hop Off Bus tour through Sants - Montjuïc area and downtown Barcelona. No visit here is complete withoput seeing La Sagrada... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Cadiz, Spain Friday 12th October 2018 We spent around three hours ashore exploring mainly the coastal walkway of Paseo Santa Barbara. Some lovely gardens here. The old town with its narrow streets and striking plazas. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Ceuta, Spanish Morroco Thursday 11th October, 2018 Koningsdam arrived at Ceuta around 1pm. This would be our first time setting foot on the African continent, if only for a short time. We went ashore for a quick look around the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Cartagena, Spain Wednesday, 10 October 2018 Koningsdam arrived in the port of Cartagena around 9am. I’d never heard it it so I was pleasantly surprised by how clean and tidy the town was. Located in the south-east region of Spain,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
Onboard Koningsdam Tuesday, 9 October 2018 Cruisy day at sea. Enjoyed a free lunch courtesy of HAL as we traversed to Mediterranean Sea from Italy to Spain. Late in the day we witnessed a storm as we passed Mallorca. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Roma, Italy Monday 8th October 2018 Koningsdam arrived back in the cruise port of Civitavecchia. We caught a train into Rome for the day. This was our second time visiting Rome. Last here in May 2000. It was good to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Naples, Italy Sunday October 7 2018 A day in Naples. Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola - Piazza del Plebiscito. Galleria Umberto I - a beautiful atrium in Naples. The port of Naples with views of Mt Vesuvius and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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A Day at Sea Saturday 6th October 2018 Our second day at sea as Koningsdam leaves the Greek Islands passes back through the Strait of Messina for Naples in Italy. Storm clouds cleared to reveal a beautiful evening. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Thira (Santorini), Greece Friday 5th October 2018 Koningsdam arrived at Santorini and used shore based tenders to ferry passengers ashore. We decided to walk up the donkey track, avoiding the donkeys on the way. Breaking out in a sea of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Athens, Greece Thursday, 4 October 2018 Koningsdam docked in Piraeus. We boarded the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus that would take us to the Acropolis. Huge crowds, long queues and high temperature - actually it was a reported 25 degrees but felt a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Katakolon, Greece Wednesday 3rd October 2018 Next port of call was Katakolon. While some of the passengers enjoyed a day trip to the Ancient Olympia site, we decided to stay and have a look around the port and its many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Kerkira (Corfu), Greece Tuesday 2nd October 2018 Tendered ashore, Corfu town was only a short walk away. On my wish list for this cruise, was to visit the plaques for Gerald and Lawrence Durrell. I’d read some of their books... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Monday October 1st, 2018. In the early morning, Koningsdam slowly manoeuvres through a calm fjord like entrance to Kotor, Montenegro. It’s was our first port of call to use the ships tenders to go ashore. Kotor is nested at the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Dubrovnik, Croatia Sunday 30th September 2018 Our first port of call on our three week tour of the Mediterranean is Dubrovnik. Koningsdam arrives in the port of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik old town. Walking the city walls. Walking through the old town... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Saturday 29th September 2018 A day at sea aboard Koningsdam, so time to explore the ship… Just in case you forget what day it is. Konningsdam was built in 2016 and operated by Holland America Line. Plenty of entertainment to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Civitavecchia, Italy Thursday 27th &Friday 28th September 2018 The Italian cruise port of Civitavecchia is built on history and our departure point for three week cruise around the Mediterranean. Fort Michelangelo Fort Michelangelo Porta Livorno is a very prestigious architectonical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Genoa, Italy Wednesday 26th September 2018 Although we could have travelled from Nice to Civitavecchia in one day, we decided to split the journey up with an overnight stop in Genoa. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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Cannes, France Sunday 23rd September 2018 During our week in Nice we did a day trip to Cannes. Popularly know for its fannual film festival, the most interesting part of Cannes is the older Le Suque area. Cannes Musee de... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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We spent a week based in Nice, France. Our intention was to go to a variety of nearby towns along the Cote d’Azur. I don’t know whether it was jet-lag or what, but we only managed to visit Cannes. Here’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2019 at The Smirkonian Sightseer
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During September and October 2018, Tony and I travel around the Mediterranean with our friends Michael and Abei. Over the next few weeks I’ll upload a few photos and some details about where we were. Let’s start with the journey... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at The Smirkonian Sightseer